By Cecilia D'Anastasio
One of the least politically correct video game franchises is getting its own LGBT Pride parade, the Daily Dot reports. Yesterday, Scandinavian LGBT advocacy group Stockholm Pride released a trailer for their new unofficial “Los Santos Pride” mod for Grand Theft Auto V.
The trailer features exuberant LGBT folks of all races and genders celebrating and cheering alongside a Pride parade. Attendees dance, march and take photos just as they would at an IRL Pride. “Love is in the air,” reads a rainbow blimp in the sky. Players will be able to interface with the parade’s floats and bystanders.
A representative told the Daily Dot that the mod is a free pro-bono project with no financial incentive.
“Los Santos Pride” is a beautiful idea. And yet, it’s been met with extraordinary vitriol, even for YouTube: The trailer’s YouTube page is already rife with anti-LGBT hate. According to a quick count I just did, 16% of comments include the word “fag”. Others refer to paedophilia, killing female police officers and mass-murdering gay people.
Luckily, the mod’s floats will be indestructible, mirroring the idea that love conquers all.